- July 14, 2014

New-Semitic-Swag3Introducing the 3.0 version of the epic Semitic Keffiyeh! The new version is bigger measuring 44×45″, 100% Cotton with a contrasting strips and the Star of David throughout. A tonal rendition of the keffiyeh is a subtle stylish way to express your Semitic pride. The latest version comes in your choice of our original Blue and White with stylish matching grey lines around the other edges and a white and beige color which is the perfect accent accessory for most any wardrobe.






This is Israel
- July 14, 2014

AND this is where the rockets (missiles) have been hitting:


Pre-Order “Pre​-​Game” (a hi​-​fidelity instrumental album by Diwon)
- July 8, 2014

Before Diwon’s debut record, “New Game” there were the beats and pieces that brought his singles and full album to life. “Pre-Game” is a collection of never before heard instrumentals as Diwon shines a spotlight where his heart really lies, he is a true-school hip-hop head. DJ Booth called Diwon a “beatmaking buzzsmith,” and with the release of his instrumental album “Pre-Game” he keeps the focus on just that taking you into his world of instrumental madness.

The instrumentals are a breakneck journey through the strange loops of his unique artistic process, the instrumentals are variously built from funky-drummer style percussion or bass-heavy West Coast production, laced with everything from crunchy psychedelic guitars to Middle Eastern melisma. It’s the producer as auteur, every track taking you through the emotional space of the artist, like Kanye or Godard.

People talk about hip-hop going “post-regional,” but the Diwon’s instrumentals are post-national. New York kicks and snares meet Turkish melisma against funky basslines and live guitars. This is the music you wish you heard on airplanes.

“Pre-Game” sets the stage for Diwon’s future production. Who can say what that will sound like? It’s a big world, and Diwon is global.


** The full album will be released, August 20th, the one year anniversary of ‘New Game’


“Live for Now” in the Season Premiere of Witches of East End
- July 8, 2014


We are excited to announce that Bonhom’s single, “Live for Now” will be in the season premiere of Witches of East End.

Click here to stream the episode, the song hits at 22:48 minutes into the premiere.


Macklemore beat boxes for Kosha Dillz
- June 12, 2014

In Kosha Dillz’s latest vlog , he attends a Macklemore show at the Nokia Theatre and trades freestyles with Macklemore backstage, rapping about “the irish guy and the kid with jewish star.” He also discusses toasting bagels with Ryan Lewis, and even pulls off some antics with the Thrift Shop guy Wanz.

With Macklemore beat boxing for Kosha Dillz and the vibe feeling so right, perhaps an official collaboration will happen in the future(?)

Tell us what you think!


The Israeli director behind the original “Homeland” and the Israeli model/actress in front of the follow up
- June 1, 2014

600full-moran-atiasGideon Raff is the creative mind behind the Israeli drama (Prisoners of War) that the award winning ‘Homeland’ series is based off of. Raff spends his time between Los Angeles and Tel Aviv, writing, directing and filming his next two, soon to be hit, tv shows. The first is Dig which will air on USA Network this fall and the second, which we are really excited about is a sort of reverse Homeland and is dubbed, Tyrant. Tyrant stars Israel’s own Moran Atias, model turned actress and producer, known for The Next Three Days (2010), Crash (2008) and Mother of Tears (2007). Tyrant premieres this month on FX. If you want to binge watch this like Homeland, you may have to wait a bit.


Son of Israel
- May 19, 2014

Check out another hot track by Behn-Shakhar Ben-Israel (20), aka “Ben Blackwell”. Behn has always been unique. Growing up in Arad and living in Tiberias, one would assume he is just like many other ordinary Israelis. He observes the Sabbath and holidays, speaks Hebrew, and observes a Kosher vegan diet. He also plans to serve in the IDF. However, Behn comes from a very unique world adding to the increasingly diverse fabric that makes up Israeli society.

Behn is a part of the “African Hebrew Israelites,” a community of African-Americans based in Chicago who believe they are descended from ancient Israelites who fled to Africa and later were taken to America as slaves. In 1969 they came to southern Israel on the heels of a prophecy to establish the Kingdom of God in what they believe is “the land of their origin.” There are now roughly 2,000 of them living communal, vegan lifestyles in what Blackwell repeatedly describes as “the land of milk and honey.”

Keep up with him on his FB


Bar Yochai MP3′s (From a Cave to Hollywood)
- May 18, 2014

Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai was one of the deepest spiritual beings that ever existed. His fame is known because of the Zohar (The Book of Splendor). A lot of Americans are familiar with the Zohar and Kabbalah from Madonna and Ashton Kutcher, but the real thing is the polar opposite of US Weekly. The Zohar is a series of books which is the basis for most mystical thought in Judaism. Today marks the anniversary of his passing and to celebrate his life and contribution 3 Shemspeed artists wrote songs dedicated to his memory. The first is by Y-Love & Yuri Lane and combines beat box and ancient Aramaic, a language that was popular in the time of the Talmud. You could download their full Sefira album of Beat Box and Raps made with no instruments at all, here. The second is by Benyamin and blends moroccan melodies with a club rhythm.

Y-Love & Yuri Lane - “Bar Yochai V. 613″ 3:20 – (Free Download)
* Download the track Free and then pick up the full album with Y-Love & Yuri Lane on Shemspeed Direct, HERE.

Benyamin – “Bar Yochai” 3:23 – (Free Download)
* Download the track Free and then pick up Benyamin’s “Shir HaShirim” on Shemspeed Direct, HERE.


Walk of Shame (Semitic Chant)
- May 5, 2014

WALK-OF-SHAME-SONGGo watch “Walk of Shame” with Elizabeth Banks and check out a track Diwon recorded for the movie with Cobe Jones. The track is called “Semitic Chant” and plays as Elizabeth hears a calling coming from the synagogue and runs from 54:42 to 56:48 into the movie. Diwon also featured the vocals on the intro of his “Semitic Swag” song that features Cobe Jones, Shi 360, Y-Love and Nathan Sela.

Watch the movie
Listen to the song


The LA Sephardic Music Festival Recap/Teaser (Video)
- April 20, 2014

After nine years in New York, we brought our Sephardic Music Festival (SMF) to Los Angeles, California between March 2 — 11, 2014. The Sephardic Music Festival is the first music festival to focus exclusively on the less familiar but captivating culture of the Jews who lived for centuries among the vibrant cultures of North Africa, Spain, and the Middle East. The festival is a cross-generational Jewish diversity party, blending events that are more traditional with party nights that are more trap based.

The festival featured Yemen Blues, Asaf Avidan, Diwon, Automatic Toys, David Sussia, Shahs of Sinai, The Sephardic Story Slam, Body Painting, Drum Circle classes, Jewelry and Hamsa making, Belly Dancing and lots more.

Keep up with the festival at and at our Facebook page, here.


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